ERNEST P. HOBBIE Ernest P. Hobbie, 83, of Wilmington, NC passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Davis Health Care in Wilmington following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 17, 1930 in Cranford, New Jersey to the late Esther Sopp Hobbie and Joseph Norman Hobbie. Ernie was a teacher and school Principal in Cranford, NJ and Plainfield, NJ for 40 years, before retiring to Wilmington, NC in 1995. He had an amazing passion for basketball and was known to many as the "The Shot Doctor". Ernie worked with many well known college and NBA players throughout the country. He also served as the New Jersey Nets shooting coach from 1985 - 1988. He loved young people and teaching them skills of basketball shooting techniques. Ernie was particularly inspirational "Believe in Yourself" and "Never Give Up". He also ran basketball camps in the Wilmington area for more than 10 years. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, JoAnn Hobbie; three sons, Jeff, Jon, both of Bowling Green, Ohio, and Jerry and wife Paula of Houston, Texas; two granddaughters, Joanna and Lea; and four brothers, Michael, Norman, Robert, and Edward Hobbie. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Wrightsville United Methodist Church. The family would like to express a very special thank you for all the loving care and concern of the nurses, doctors, and staff of Davis Rehabilitation Center, and his special friends who faithfully were there for him. Memorials may be made to Duke University Sarcoma Cancer Research Foundation, Duke University Medical Center, P O Box 3312, Durham, NC 27710 or to the Ernie Hobbie Basketball Fund, 2710 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. Condolences may be sent to www.andrewsmortuary.com
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29, 2013